Facts and Figures - The Festival in 2016

Facts and stats – The Festival

15th – 18th March 2016

£100,000,000 – The local (Gloucestershire) economic impact of The Festival each year in millions of pounds sterling
4,150,000 – The amount of prize money in pounds sterling on offer at The Festival 2015 – the most of any Jumps festival in the world.
£1,000,000 – The Jockey Club ‘Chase Triple Crown’ bonus over and above prize money that Cue Card will win his connections with victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup (split £650k to his owner, £150k to trainer Colin Tizzard, £100k to stable staff at the Tizzard stables and £100k to jockey Paddy Brennan)
575,000 – The prize money available for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup
265,000 – The number of pints of Guinness knocked back by spectators at The Festival in 2015.
120,000 - Bottles of wine drunk at The Festival in 2015.
105,000 – the number of people using Cheltenham Spa train station over the four days of racing
80,000 – The number of movements between racecourse and town on shuttle bus service
68,000 – The maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (when all temporary facilities are open).
62,000 – Average attendance over the four day period of The Festival.
45,000 – The number of bread rolls eaten at The Festival in 2015.
45,000 – Afternoon teas served to customers at The Festival 2015
40,000 – The number of hospitality guests served over the 4 days of The Festival
38,000m2 – the volume of space that is built for the four days in the Tented Village and the triple decker that sits alongside the racecourse 36,500 – The number of vehicles parked over the four days
21,120 – The distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, The Festival’s long distance race.
12,320 – The amount in yards of running rails surrounding the track.
20,000 – The number of bottles of house Champagne sold at The Festival.
8,000+ - Gallons of tea and coffee served
6,000 – The number of staff employed over The Festival.
5,000 – The number of bundles of birch used every season.
2001 – The only year, besides the periods during the two World Wars, that The Festival has been cancelled (due to foot-and-mouth disease).
1934 – The year Golden Miller became the first horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in a single season.
800 – The number of members of the press accredited for The Festival each year.
350 – The number of chefs on site.
150 – The amount of money, in millions of pounds sterling, bet on The Festival every year.
135 – The amount in millions of pounds sterling The Jockey Club has spent on facilities at Cheltenham in the last 35 years.
50 - Staff coaches per day, sourced from all over the country, as far away as Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham & Coventry
45 – the amount spent in million on the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse. This project was concluded in November 2015
30 – The number of extra flights put on by Ryanair on the Dublin to Birmingham route during The Festival period (around 20,000 customers will use Ryanair)
28 – The number of National Hunt races run at The Festival.
22 – The number of fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
8 – Number of Guinness-only bars
7 – The most wins by a jockey – Ruby Walsh – in a single year.
6 – The most consecutive victories by a horse in any Cheltenham Festival race - Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares’ Hurdle between 2009 and 2014.
5 Tons of smoked and fresh salmon consumed at The Festival
4 – The number of feature races run during The Festival, including the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stan James Champion Hurdle and World Hurdle.
3 - The three story temporary structure installed for The Festival, beyond the Guinness Village, is the biggest, three-tiered temporary structure in Europe.
2 – The shortest distance raced at The Festival, in miles.
9 – Tons of potatoes consumed during The Festival
5 – Tons of Cheese consumed during The Festival.

Catering Specific


Local produce at the heart of what we do 70% of our fruit & vegetables are sourced within the
Cotswolds region
100% of our cheese used is produced within 50 miles of Cheltenham
100% of our salmon is cured or smoked within 50 miles (Severn and Wye & Coln Valley) & is 100%
Sustainable Scottish salmon
100% of all our seafood is best of British, either landed at Orkney or Brixham
100% of our afternoon tea selections is best of British


3500 Catering team operating the event each day
350 Chefs catering each day of the event
350 Managers running the event each day
750 Students from over 20 Colleges work at the Festival each day
5 Furlongs of Temporary bar counters
40,000 Hospitality meals
24 Marquees including the longest triple deck structure in Europe, with over 2.5miles of internal walls
8000+ gallons of tea & coffee consumed
5 tons of cheese consumed
9 tons of potatoes consumed
5 tons of salmon consumed
240 private boxes
12 restaurants
34 temporary kitchens
65 mobile catering units
Arkles real ale brewed in Cheltenham
265,000 pints of Guinness Consumed
20,000 bottles of Champagne 

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